14th June, Manila: Philippines celebrated a double joy when Dale Lazo of RP and Jordan Dinham of MBA captured the Youth Girls and Youth Boys Masters titles of the PBF 3rd Philippine International Open at Coronado Lanes, Starmall EDSA in Mandaluyong City.
Lazo, who finished second in the earlier 8-games Masters roll-off with 1508, outclassed third-seed, Grace Gella, 212-171 in the stepladder semi-final match to advance to the championship match. The 16-year-old started off well in the final against top-seed, Bea Hernandez with two strikes-in-a-row.
Hernandez had an opened frame in the second to trail Lazo by 23 pins. Lazo too stumbled to an opened frame in the fifth and her opponent took advantage of it to reel in two consecutive strikes to move ahead by 7 pins.
Despite conceeding two more open frames in the eighth and ninth frames, Hernandez too suffered the same faith. But Lazo kept her composure to end strongly with three strikes-in-a-row on the tenth frame to seal a narrow victory, 180-177 and captured her first-ever youth title.
The champion, who pocketted 35,000 pesos for her effort, made amended after she finished second in both the Junior and Youth Girls finals last year. Hernandez settled for 25,000 pesos while Gella took home 13,000 pesos.
Meanwhile, topseed and defending champion, Merwin Tan of RP was denied his back-to-back victory after losing to challenger, Jordan Dinham of MBA, 155-189 in the title match of the Youth Boys division.
Despite a good start with a double strike in the second and third frames, a miss in the fourth frame and three consecutive opened frames from the eighth decided the match in favour of Dinham. The champion, who ended the earlier 8-games roll-off in third, easily brushed aside second-seed, Krihan Ramachandaiah of India, 248-185 in the semi-finals to meet Tan.
The 18-year-old champion, who was born in the Philippines but now resides in Australia, picked up the top prize of 50,000 pesos while Tan settled for 25,000 pesos as first runner-up. Ramachandaiah earned 13,000 pesos as second runner-up.
Tan topped the 8-games roll-off with 1689, 37 pins ahead of Ramachandaiah in second with 1652. Dinham finished third with 1626 to make the stepladder finals. Abang Afiq Yazid of Malaysia missed the cut by 5 pins in fourth with 1621.
Bel Suelto, 55 of ACBI-Prima emerged as champion of the Open Senior Masters finals with a 12-game total of 2456 pinfalls. Francis Manalaysay of PSB finished second with 2425 while Harry Clinton of Australia finished third with 2329.
63-year-old Nelia Santos of PBA captured the Ladies Senior Masters crown with a 10-game total of 1976. Mely Lopa of TBAM-Cuisiniers and Linda Grzybowska of Malaysia finished second and third positions with 1891 and 1838 respectively.
Suelto pocketted 120,000 pesos as champion leaving Manalaysay with 60,000 pesos and Clinton 30,000. Santos earned 40,000 pesos as Ladies' Senior champion with Lopa and Grzybowska took open 20,000 and 10,000 respectively.
Three more squads will end the qualifying rounds for the Open and Graded divisions. A one-game Desperado squad will be staged to add 3 Men's Open, 2 Ladies' Open and 2 each for the Men's and Ladies' Graded.
The third edition of the new PBF Philippine International Open is sponsored by Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) and other sponsors including Boysen Paints, Smart Communications, MVP Foundation, Cafe Puro, Prima Pasta, The City Bowling Shop, Jollibee, The Bowler and Timberpro.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Manila, Philippines.